Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Musical Instruments: Marimba, Flute, Vibraphone, Hawaiian Guitar

Musical instruments such as Marimba, Flute, Trumpet, Cello, Vibraphone, Hawaiian Guitar are not so popular instruments unlike with Piano, Guitar, Drums, and Violin.  Here are brief information on various instruments:

The Marimba is a popular folk instrument in Central America which is similar to the xylophone  except that its tone has been prolonged and deepened by resonators which build up and enrich the tones.
View modern Marimba from YAMAHA Website 

Included in woodwind instruments consisting of a pipe with lateral holes and blown directly, without a reed.  The Chinese, Japanese, and Hindus all claim it from time immemorial, so as the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
Types of modern flutes are : 
Bass Flute in C
Alto Flute in G
Tenor Flute
Concert Flute in C
Soprano Flute in E Flat
Treble Flute in G

Vibraphone ( also called vibraharp or vibes) is a percussion instrument  played in mallets held in both hands shaped like a xylophone.  It was invented in 1990 and became one of the major jazz instrument used by popular bands.

Hawaiian Guitar
Also commonly called the “steel guitar”, the distinctive sound is created by strumming the metal strings with a metal pick in one hand while at the same time the other hand change the pitch of the strings with a metal bar.

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